With less than three weeks until the 2017 Star Home & Leisure Show (30 June – 2 July), three teams of Canterbury architects and builders are working hard to get their creative designs ready for this year’s Playhouse Challenge. Fusion Homes with Scratch Architecture; Irving Builders with PXA Architects; and Pound Road Trading are each building a specially designed playhouse to be auctioned at the Show on Saturday 1 July. The auction will raise money for local charities – Birthright Canterbury and Tenants Protection Association (TPA) Christchurch.“Right now, we are eagerly looking for people who may want to buy one of these spectacular playhouses for their backyard, lifestyle block, or even for their grandchildren. They are real statement pieces that would also be well suited to businesses or pre-schools with children’s play areas,” Birthright Canterbury manager Rhodora Sagles says.Birthright Canterbury and TPA are incredibly grateful to the three building companies and see the Playhouse Challenge as a perfect fit for the charities. “Housing is an important issue for clients of both organisations and demand for advice and support has remained high ever since the first Canterbury earthquakes,” TPA manager Di Harwood says.  Star Media is the major sponsor of the Playhouse Challenge, which is also being supported by Priority Communications, Wyma Engineering, Resene, Robertson Creative, and Dave Richards Photography.  “These aren’t regular children’s playhouses,” Star Media General Manager Steve McCaughan says. “They will be judged on their architectural design and construction, as well as how much fun they are for kids,” he says.“We are delighted that the Playhouse Challenge will be part of this year’s Star Home & Leisure Show and are hoping there will be plenty of interest from buyers. We are big supporters of Birthright Canterbury and TPA, who have been looking after Canterbury people for many many years.”Playhouse Challenge judges will include Birthright Canterbury chair Jane Lancaster; TPA board member Robin Tinga; architect John McGrail from Dalman Architects; and early childhood educator Blanche Head.The Playhouse Challenge was inspired by Australia’s popular Cubby House Challenge, which this year raised well over $100,000 for the charity ‘Kids Under Cover’.To stay up-to-date on the Canterbury playhouses, like the ‘2017 Playhouse Challenge’ page on Facebook or follow ‘Playhouse Challenge’ on Instagram.The 2017 Star Home & Leisure Show will be held at the Horncastle Arena from 30 June to 2 July.

Check out the three Playhouses currently under construction .. watch here

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